There are 5 things in life you cannot recover: A stone...after it's thrown. A word...after it is said. An occasion...after it's missed. The time...after it's gone. A person...after they die. Life is short. Break the rules. Forgive quickly. Kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably. Never regret anything that made you smile. Enjoy Life!!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Stitching & Squirrels

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  My oldest daughter, Kayde, spent the night with my parents on Wednesday so she could help Grandma cook the night before and the morning of Thanksgiving.  I think that may be a new tradition for them.  Kayde loves to cook.  Hubby was off work all week and besides the usually errands and housework we did some Christmas "scouting" (shopping the malls looking for Christmas ideas for the girls) and put up the Christmas decorations.  One good thing about not having a job right now is I get to spend some quality time with Hubby when he has time off at the holidays.  In the past I have always worked when he and the girls were home.  He has always had more vacation than I did. 
I did manage to find some stitching time in between all the running.  The first picture is of two ornaments that I stitched for exchanges.  They are for next weekend, so I need to get to Mom's and have her make them into ornaments for me.  The snowman is stitched on a random linen from my stash with DMC & WDW threads.  It is a design from Val's Stitching Stuff.  The other piece is by Country Cottage Needleworks (JCS 2012 Christmas issue).  It is stitched on 32ct. Antique Ivory with the recommended threads.

This next picture is what I am working on now.  I have been down all week with a cold, that my darling daughter so nicely shared with me, so I have gotten a nice start on this.  I love the colors.  I did change the recommended linen from Lambswool to 32ct Country Mocha Belfast.

"Ornamental Joy"
Country Cottage
32ct. Country Mocha Belfast
DMC & WDW threads
Now for the Squirrel part of the post.  When we have bread, fruit or veggies that are past their prime for us to eat, we toss it outside for the critters to partake in.  I had some Sourdough bread that got a bit moldy.  Of course I did not see the mold until I had already eaten two pieces of it...YUCK!  So we pitched it into the bird feeder.  Not soon after it was put out did this little guy find it.  You should have seen him trying to carry a full size piece of bread across the yard and try to get it up a tree.  We watched him for 15 minutes.  He would have to stop part way across the yard and put the bread down and eat a little.  When he finally reached the tree he wanted to go up, he got half way up and dropped the bread.  Down he went to retrieve it and try again.  He did this several times before he had success and managed to get up the tree.  Silly critter. 
Off to take some more Mucinex-D and put a few more stitches in on Ornamental Joy before I have to pick the girls up from school.

Friday, November 16, 2012

She Did It!!

Today I want to share in a "proud mama" moment.  My oldest daughter, Kayde Lee, is 16 and a junior in high school.  She has always been an excellent student who has never gotten a grade below a "B+" (she HATES anything less than an "A").  All she has wanted since she entered high school was to be tapped for National Honor Society.  Several weeks ago she found out she was eligible but needed to write an essay and fill out several short responses to questions which would then be evaluated.  The process also included talking with several of her teachers.  She has been fretting about this for weeks.  Yesterday, during 4th bell, she was tapped.  The girl came into her class and gave her a balloon, gift bag filled with candy and some homemade brownies.  As a group the NHS society then went to lunch at Olive Garden.  It was a good thing I got a call the day before letting me know so I could send money with her.  I had such a hard time holding in my excitement once I found out.  Every time she was near me I had to bite the inside of my cheek to keep from grinning ear to ear. 

Here are two pictures I took of her yesterday.  She hates to have her picture taken, so I know she was still flying high about the day because she asked me to take her picture.  The flowers came from Grandma & Grandpa (my parents).  Grandpa picked them out.  Good job Grandpa!!  Hubby brought her home a cherrylime-ade from Sonic, one of her favorites. 

I love my girls and I am so proud of both of them.  They are the light of my life. 

In other good news, my Mom is in Boston this week for her annual check up.  She had breast cancer about 5 years ago.  Her sister lives outside Boston and wanted her to come there for a second opinion.  She had her surgery here in Cincinnati, but the Boston doc said she would not need chemo or radiation which the Cincinnati docs wanted her to go through.  He (Boston doc) put her on an oral medication for the last several years.  She had her check up the begining of the week and she is now off the meds and does not need to go back to see the doc anymore.  She will be home on Sunday so we have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. 

Thanks for letting me share.


Monday, November 12, 2012

A finish

I have a finish to show.  I have been working on the Lizzie Kate Halloween Mystery Sampler.  I am down to all the satin stitching and have decided to take a break from it.  I was in a turkey mood so I stitched this up.  Now I am in a Christmas mood which is good because I need to make a couple ornaments for exchanges (just need to decide what to stitch...such a dilemma).  Below is my turkey finish:
Bountiful by The Trilogy

WDW & GAST threads
30ct. WDW Parchment
It was another busy weekend around here with no stitching after Friday night...sad face :-(.  DD #2, Ryan,  went to a school function on Friday.  She is part of the color guard in marching band.  The marching band was involved in the Santa Parade at the local mall to usher in Santa on Saturday.  Sunday the marching band was part of the Veteran's parade.  DD #1, Kayde, is part of the Key Club in school and went to rake leaves for folks that could not on Saturday.  Sunday (after the parade) Kayde had to go to my parent's house to get some ancestral information for a report she has to write over the next five weeks.  Kayde is also (and so are all of us) keeping her fingers crossed that she gets tapped for National Honor Society on Thursday.  She had to write an essay and write out several responses to tell why she wants to be part of NHS and how she meets the four pillars.  
I will leave you with a couple favorite pictures of Ryan throughout the marching band season.

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe Giveaway

Hi all.  It's me again.  I just wanted to share that Nancy at The Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe is having a wonderful giveaway.  She is doing 25 giveaways for the 25 days of Christmas.  She is very generous and has some wonderful charts and threads.  Go check it out.